By the time you read this, national helium problems may be solved. But I doubt it.
These matters could be critical to many readers using helium as a preferred furnace quenching atmosphere (four times better than argon, with helium thermal conductivity 10 times better). The facts are that users in the Industrial Heating community use well less than 13% of supplies. If we include welding (20%) and pressurized purges (26%), the IH total is closer to 60%. In addition, medical cryogenics (MRI machine coolants consuming 2-10K liters per unit) uses 28% of national consumption. There is a problem for all users because prices have risen each year from $64 to $75.75 to $84 per MCF (million cubic feet) over the past three years.